HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) will close all public schools and DOE offices statewide on Friday, Aug. 8, in addition to today’s closures on Hawaii Island and Maui County (Maui, Molokai, Lanai). All public charter schools will also be closed in anticipation of severe weather. The DOE is also announcing that all inter-scholastic athletic events and student activities are canceled until schools reopen.
Per Governor Neil Abercrombie’s emergency declaration, DOE employees will not be reporting to work.
“We have been advising our schools to prepare for the worst and will assess any potential damage to our facilities once we receive the all-clear,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We will continue to monitor both storms and will make another announcement regarding whether school will be in session on Monday.”
“I want to thank our principals for their leadership as well as our students’ families for their patience and cooperation during this emergency,” Matayoshi said.
Updates on school closures are available at HawaiiPublicSchools.org. For information on charter schools, please visit http://www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov/.
Many DOE schools serve as emergency shelters. At this time, County Civil Defense agencies have determined activated the following shelters:
Hawaii County designated shelters:
Laupahoehoe Public Charter School
Kohala High & Elementary
Pahoa High & Intermediate
Honokaa High & Intermediate
Maui County designated shelters:
Hana High & Elementary
Lanai High & Elementary
Oahu designated shelters:
Pearl City High
Waialua High & Intermediate
Nanakuli High & Middle
Kauai designated shelters:
To be determined by Kauai Civil Defense
Please check with State or County Civil Defense for more information on emergency shelters.